Western Washington University in partnership
with Green Flower presents……
The Business of Cannabis Certificate
Your future in the cannabis industry starts here.
For anyone considering a career in cannabis or hemp, specialist knowledge is the key to unlocking the industry’s most exciting opportunities. The cannabis landscape is complex, ever changing and unique. This certificate will provide you with a clear understanding of the cannabis industry, how it got there, and where it’s going.
Studying the Business of Cannabis, you’ll develop critical business skills like risk analysis, scaling operations and regulatory compliance. View cannabis — and your future in the industry—with a well-informed and entrepreneurial mindset.
Online study makes this course ideal for working professionals or anyone looking to access the most experienced educators and professionally designed cannabis coursework available anywhere. Work on each week’s instructor-led assignments at a time that suits you, as you build your expertise and earn a credible credential from a recognized university.
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The Business of Cannabis
Cannabis 101: History and Practice Across Industries
An in-depth introduction to cannabis, across history, culture and industry. Topics range from botany to business practices, including Cannabis Law and Policy, FDA regulation, and the many challenges that successful cannabis businesses face. Main topics covered in the course include:
- History of Cannabis
- Phytocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System
- Agriculture and Cultivation
- Law and Policy
- Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare
- Careers in the Cannabis Industry
THE BUSINESS OF CANNABIS I: Seed to Sale
The Cannabis Industry & Operations course sequence prepares learners to anticipate and adapt to trends in cannabis industry and operations. Course I introduces learners to product innovation, behavioral economics, financial strategy, marketing, and challenges with sustainability from seed to sale. Main topics covered in the course include:
- The Business of Cannabis Cultivation
- Processing and Manufacturing
- Lab Testing and Analytics
- Cannabis Distribution
- The Cannabis Retail Guide
- Cannabis Real Estate
- Obtaining Licensing in the Cannabis Industry
THE BUSINESS OF CANNABIS II: Scaling Operations
The second course dives more deeply into regulations for the environment, insurance, social media, and the black market. Main topics covered in the course include:
- Industrial Hemp
- Regulatory Compliance
- Marketing in the Cannabis Industry
- Sales in the Cannabis Industry
- Accounting and Finance
- Human Resources
- Investment in the Cannabis Industry
Expert Cannabis Educators
The Business of Cannabis features expert instruction and interaction from top executives and entrepreneurs, board-certified doctors and lawyers, advanced professionals in engineering and agriculture, and policy makers.
The Highest Standards for Online Learning
Our curriculum is developed by a team of instructional design and interactive technology experts, utilizing theory-to-practice teaching methods designed to deliver expert education that can be applied in a real world setting.
Partner & CIO of Tuatara Capital
An expert in private equity and corporate finance leveraging 20 years of leadership experience from Tuatara Capital, Highbridge, J.P Morgan, and CitiBank.
CEO of SIVA Enterprises
Former President of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force and leading authority in the industry with deep insight into the nuances, regulations, and trends of the cannabis business.
Simone Cimiluca-Radzins, CPA
CEO of Kalogia
A global cannabis business expert leveraging her experience in financial and business management from PwC, Nike, and Fox Entertainment.
Cannabis Creates New Careers and Skill Demands
In 2019, total revenue from the cannabis industry reached $1.735 billion. Washington overtook Colorado in annual cannabis sales to reach the #1 revenue producing state in the US
Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2020
In 2019, the number of jobs supported by the cannabis industry reached over 47,000. Driven by the highest sales revenue of any US state, that number is expected to continue climbing.
Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2020
In 2021, there were 428,000 full-time employees in the cannabis industry in the United States.
Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2022
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